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Hall 1 – IRC Korea 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Some of you saw the Diary Of A Mad Roboticist! post 2 months ago where Andrew and I were getting ready to fly over to Korea and do some humanoid competing. As usual we were biting off way more than we could chew and were building robots up until hours before leaving on a 22 hour trip.  It turned out we were being over zealous as usual too, because the competitions were way more chill than what we expected. So we spent much more of our time meeting people and exploring the wonders of Korea than competing. Andrew did get to do some exhibition matches with the local college students and Giger fell over a lot. Andrew also got a lot of R&D time in with a future humanoid code named Shadow Blade (Video) (all RX-24F servos!) which should be on shelves in 2011. Andrew ALSO did a lot of work on the RX-24/28 PLM robot also coming out in 2011 which will be a “soldier” series bot specifically designed for fighting. Coming later-ish maybe… a 3rd video of Andrew and I exploring Korea. That video needs, um, editing due to copious amounts of soju being consumed during the making.

Previously:

IRC 2010 picture galleries

IRC 2010 hall 2 Video

Code Project Contest – Round 2!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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Code Project had so much fun the first time around that they are doing it again. Up for grabs are more cool robot prizes. This time they decided to concentrate on Beginner Tutorials to help introduce people who are new to the basics of Physical Computing. This is a great chance for the robotics and physical computing community to show computer programmers what they are missing. Anyone can go join the community over there and post articles. Just please read the guidlines they have carefully first. Good luck to all who enter!

The contest begins on December 6, 2010 and will end February 6, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time.

Contest Page (Beginners Hardware and Device Programming Competition)

Contest Rules

General Article Submission FAQ & Guidelines

The Hardware Zone (Where the articles are posted)

Winners from last time

Mech Warfare 2010 Highlights Video

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

So this video is SERIOUSLY long overdue, given that Mech Warfare 2010 happened back in April earlier this year at Robogames. We got crazy busy over the summer & fall and publishing this video sort of slipped under our radar. But- here it is in all it’s glory! If you don’t know what Mech Warfare is please do yourself a favor and check out the website or join our community for the latest Mech Warfare discussions!

Code Project Winners Announced

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


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Two months ago we partnered with the excellent coding site Code Project to put up some prizes for hardware articles. It is great to see more communities getting involved with DIY and Physical Computing. The programmers over there really delivered with a pile of great articles which were REALLY in depth and well done. One thing is for certain, they really know how to write articles over there. The contest ended recently, the votes are tallied, and the winners are in!

Here are the lucky winners who will be receiving prizes for their efforts:

First Place: Bioloid Beginner Robot Kit
Winner: Ian Johnston
Article: Radio Control Transmitter – Joystick

Second Place: The RoboTurret Vision Tracking Kit
Winner: Amro Fawzy
Article: 3G Modem Internet Dialer

Third Place: RFID Experimenters Kit
Winner: Alex Opoulos
Article: AVRILOS: A simple OS for AVR microcontrollers

Great job to everyone, but you know who the real winners are here? Its the robots, because they will have new homes and new friends to play with. Stay tuned for more contests announcements at Code Project. For those who are too impatient to wait. Our regular DIY Project Contest just had it’s deadline extended to January 1st! Still time to get in.

DIY Project Contest Deadline Extended until Jan 1st, 2011

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
We have received multiple requests from students and hobbyists alike to extend the Trossen Robotics DIY Project Contest so that winter break will grant some extra time to finish up projects.

Ask and you shall receive! The deadline for the contest has been extended until Jan 1st, 2011!

We’ve had a ton of incredible entries in past contests. Because it’s been so long since our last contest, we’ve decided it was time to start showing off some of the work that has kept us so quite by giving away one of our very own Interbotix Hexapods! The goal of our contests have always been to inspire technological creativity, innovation and ingenuity through these talented individual’s unique projects. We invite everyone to help spread the word about this contest announcement to help encourage others to show off their talent.
1st place

Retail: $1,299.00

InterbotiX PhantomX Hexapod

2nd place

headplay

Retail: $399.00

Headplay VR Goggles

3rd place

Roboni

Retail: $150.00

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Please visit our Project Contest Page to learn more about the contest, how to enter and for the official rules and guidelines.

Questions? Contact Us!

Robot World 2010 – Robot eye candy galore

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As many know, we were recently at IRC 2010 in Korea. What even we ourselves didn’t know is that Robot World was going to be in Hall 2 right next to us. Robot World was packed full of amazing robots. Almost no one spoke English so we can”t tell you what they do, but we did run around taking lots of pictures and video to bring back for everyone. Enjoy, and try not to drool on your keyboard. One thing is clear, Korea knows how to make some cool robots.

Livestream of Friendly Match Between RoboCup World Champions

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

SK. of the DarmstadtDribblers Robocup team fame dropped by our forums to let us know that a friendly match is being streamed live between his team and the champion team from the Standard Platform League, B-Human. It should start in TEN minutes (it’s 9:49am CST at the time of writing. We’ll see if we can also get a youtube link to this for those that miss out, should be pretty interesting to watch!

During the farewell-reception of SIMPAR2010 the acting RoboCup world champions from the Standard Platform League (B-Human, DFKI and Univ. Bremen) and the Humanoid Kid Size League (Darmstadt Dribblers, TU Darmstadt) will play a friendly exhibition match. Since two years, both teams have not lost a single game in their leagues. However, now both teams will play this test match on a mixed field with mixed rules of both leagues using the SPL ball.

http://simpar.org/index.php/program/soccerdemo.html

IRC2010 in Korea- Too Much Robotic Awesome For One Show.

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

We’re still reeling from our trip to Korea; jet-lag, last minute flu bugs, and a tad too much Soju really did a number on us. One thing is for sure- Asia has the US beat handily on robotic presence. What we didn’t know when heading to the competition was that IRC2010 also was attached to Robotworld 2010, the single largest Robotics Convention we’ve ever seen. Literally hundreds of booths and double or even triple that number of robots ran wild in a convention hall bigger than an aircraft hanger. It’s going to take us a few weeks to sort through all the video, but we’ll give you a sneak peak at the hundreds of pictures we took. There is some SERIOUS robot-eye-candy in these galleries, be sure to check it out.

Hall 1 Gallery – This is mostly the competition pictures.

Hall 2 Gallery – This is the convention hall. They had robots we didn’t even know existed.

And here’s a few choice pics for those of you too lazy to check out the above linked galleries!

Ever Wanted To Design Your Own Giant Robot!?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

NorHACKton is offering a very interesting design competition. Design your own robot! If your robot design is selected it will be made into a 10ft tall sculpture! Plus your design will be built during January through February 2011 with a regularly updated blog on its progress to boot. However, you must visit NorHACKton for all the details and rules. Here are some examples to help get your ideas rolling. Good luck to everyone!

Example 1Example 2Example 3

Win Prizes at CodeProject

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

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There is another place to win robot prizes now. The awesome peeps at CodeProject have opened a brand new section dedicated to hardware programming and there are prizes for the best articles. You will never guess what the prizes are and who donates them. Done guessing? Right! US! We are like the Santa of robots. RoboSanta if you will.

CodeProject is a tremendous resource for programmers with something like 850 zillion articles and 1 billion users. Hardware is new to them however and they need to kickstart that area. This is a good opportunity for our network of experienced hardware builders to write some articles and help spread robotics to a new crowd.

Don’t forget you can win big prizes at our DIY Project Contest too which is running now.